Technology is a skill that is expected in higher education and the workforce. It is not a fad. We must incorporate technology into the classroom just like we do math and literacy so that our children can be competitive later on in their lives. In order to do that, teachers themselves must first be comfortable with that technology. This is easier said than done since technology is an ever-evolving subject. Educators need to keep in mind that it isn’t necessarily about which apps or device we use, simply that we are exposing our students to multiple learning resources. Hopefully with the help of the Huron Shores EdTech Conference, educators will gain new ideas and tools to help them effectively integrate technology across the curriculum.
The Huron Shores EdTech Conference will be held at Alpena Community College on Tuesday, August 16, 2016. The conference is a collaboration between Ashlie O’Connor an Instructional Technology and Data Specialist from the Alpena Montmorency Alcona Educational Service District Tech Consortium and Meghan Cameron, a Mathematics Instructor at Alpena Community College. The purpose of the conference is to bring together educators from all grade levels and disciplines and collaborate on new and innovative ways to use technology to enhance instruction. This is such a wonderful opportunity for educators, administrators, and college students in our area. An EdTech conference of this scale has never been done in Northeast Michigan.
The keynote speaker is Professor Leigh Graves Wolf, the Assistant Director of the MSU Hub for Innovation in Learning & Technology and an Associate Professor of Educational Technology at Michigan State University. There will be something for everyone at this conference, regardless of their technology background. Some examples may include incorporating tablets into their work, using Google Docs, and utilizing multimedia in the classroom.